Coronavirus, also termed Covid-19, is thought to have emerged in one of China’s wet markets in Wuhan. Since its incubation, it has taken the world by storm, crippling one country after another. The developing body of research on this respiratory disease states it is transmitted through water droplets and lasts on surfaces for long periods.
While the attack by Covid-19 or Coronavirus depends on the host’s immune system, many countries underestimated its danger. This complacency regarding the virus’s speed of transmission led to skyrocketing numbers of patients in major countries like China, Italy, and the latest being USA.
Since Covid-19 is a developing topic, there are on-going precautions that surface in order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Since the mouth is the doorway to all germs and bacteria entering the body, dental hygiene is essential to flatten the curve of this pandemic. Let’s see what dental hygiene precautions you need to take to safeguard your health.
We must disinfect the area where our dental kit is kept. Since the virus tends to stay on surfaces for hours, daily washing and scrubbing the bathroom are essential, which will ensure that while you brush your teeth or keep your toothbrush on the basin, harmful elements do not cause contamination.
While most of our toothbrushes are kept without a cap, the current circumstances render it a necessity. Buy a toothbrush with a cap, so that the toothbrush’s bristles are not exposed to any bacteria. Any person using or cleaning your bathroom could be a carrier, and their coughing or sneezing could transmit the virus onto your toothbrush if it is not covered.
While it is common among families to share dental kits like toothpastes, this is the time to avoid such practices. Since the symptoms of this virus take 14 days to surface, you never know who could be a carrier. While a young person’s immune system may fight the virus, it could prove fatal for an older person living in your house. Ensure every member of the house has their own dental kit.
While you may have been planning to get a dental whitening session, it is advised you wait it out till the Corona Virus situation settles down as part of social distancing. Reserve your dental visits for dental emergencies as you might expose yourself and your dental staff to the virus by congregating. Patients in need of dental advice can ring up their dentists and seek professional help via call.
Ensure you regularly brush your teeth, floss, and clean your tongue to ward off all bacteria lurking in your mouth. Ensure you wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before you perform your dental routine or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
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